A top Human Rights activist has urged Members of Parliament to demonstrate commitment to perform their role as human rights watchdogs.
Ms. Margaret Ssekagya, the Executive Director of the Human Rights Centre Uganda, and the former UN Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights Defenders, made the remarks during the ongoing induction training of Members of the 10th Parliament, Thursday 30th June 2016, at the Imperial Royal Hotel Kampala.
“Defending and promoting human rights is a passion that you, Members of the 10th Parliament, must have. You need to uphold the Constitution and its importance,” Ssekagya said.
She further emphasised that Parliament needs to understand its role as provided for under Article 20 of the Constitution and to effectively promote and protect human rights as it encompasses all facets of society.
Dr. Donald Rukare, the CEO Governance and Public Policy Research Center, asked Members to take an active interest in human rights.
“Parliament has a critical role to play as the gatekeeper of human rights and it should be at the forefront of advancing protection, promotion and respect for human rights for all in Uganda,” he added.